peerintothepast:

Dr. Charles Campbell and a “municipal bat-roost” in San Antonio, #Texas (“for one of man’s best friends”), his idea for mosquito control at a time when malaria was a major public health problem in the U.S.  Disguised as a favorite bat habitat — a church steeple, complete with cross — the roost was fitted with a trapdoor and stilts to facilitate the harvesting of guano by the wagonload for use as fertilizer. 1914

peerintothepast:

Dr. Charles Campbell and a “municipal bat-roost” in San Antonio, #Texas (“for one of man’s best friends”), his idea for mosquito control at a time when malaria was a major public health problem in the U.S.
Disguised as a favorite bat habitat — a church steeple, complete with cross — the roost was fitted with a trapdoor and stilts to facilitate the harvesting of guano by the wagonload for use as fertilizer. 1914

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portraitsofboston:

“When people tell you that they love the new New Orleans, what they mean is that they love that the poor were kicked out and social services were eliminated so they can make more money.
A lot of people suffered because of Katrina, but even more people suffered because of political games and corruption. I believe more people died as a result of the closure of Charity Hospital than as a result of the storm.There were so many injustices. Public housing projects were not allowed to reopen. Private landlords were not allowed to reopen affordable multifamily apartment complexes in places where working class people live. 
All this had the collective effect of denying people affordable housing and jacking up the rent for what was left. As a result, New Orleans now has the highest rental cost relative to income of any city in the country.In August of 2005, right before the storm, we had 8,000 unionized teachers. After the storm, the state legislature voted to fire all of them and replace them with non-union people. They got a lot of kids from the ritzier schools around the country coming down here as part of what was called ‘Teach for America.’ We called it ‘Scab for America.’ They were sending kids from upper- and upper-middle class background to working-class, mostly African-American schools. They didn’t know anything about New Orleans. They had no ties, no understanding. And these were kids who thought they were doing something good. I think they were being manipulated. It was simply politically advantageous for some people.
The whole country has changed. It’s not the country I was born into. When I was born, this country had the 12th highest life expectancy. By 2010, we dropped to 34th. I hear these excuses that people are fat, like me, or that they eat bad food. Well, why the hell do they eat bad food? Because it’s the only thing they can afford. They can’t buy organic or go to a nice restaurant, so they buy a hamburger. Or they don’t have the time to cook a healthy meal, so they buy a TV dinner and throw it on the plate. Americans work, work, work, work and work. They have to. Just to survive. Americans now devote a greater share of the year to labor than any other industrialized country except South Korea. It’s very hard for people to find leisure time. They ask, ‘Why are Americans so out of it?’ And stuff like that. Well, think about it: If you had no paid vacation and you had bills to pay, and if you didn’t pay them you’d be thrown out on the street, what would you be doing all day? You’d be working. So people don’t have time to read; they don’t have time to write; they don’t have time to dance; they don’t have time to think. Leisure time for the average person has almost disappeared. The whole society has been restructured and all it means is money for the wealthiest.”
*In New Orleans

portraitsofboston:

“When people tell you that they love the new New Orleans, what they mean is that they love that the poor were kicked out and social services were eliminated so they can make more money.

A lot of people suffered because of Katrina, but even more people suffered because of political games and corruption. I believe more people died as a result of the closure of Charity Hospital than as a result of the storm.
There were so many injustices. Public housing projects were not allowed to reopen. Private landlords were not allowed to reopen affordable multifamily apartment complexes in places where working class people live. 

All this had the collective effect of denying people affordable housing and jacking up the rent for what was left. As a result, New Orleans now has the highest rental cost relative to income of any city in the country.
In August of 2005, right before the storm, we had 8,000 unionized teachers. After the storm, the state legislature voted to fire all of them and replace them with non-union people. They got a lot of kids from the ritzier schools around the country coming down here as part of what was called ‘Teach for America.’ We called it ‘Scab for America.’ They were sending kids from upper- and upper-middle class background to working-class, mostly African-American schools. They didn’t know anything about New Orleans. They had no ties, no understanding. And these were kids who thought they were doing something good. I think they were being manipulated. It was simply politically advantageous for some people.

The whole country has changed. It’s not the country I was born into. When I was born, this country had the 12th highest life expectancy. By 2010, we dropped to 34th. I hear these excuses that people are fat, like me, or that they eat bad food. Well, why the hell do they eat bad food? Because it’s the only thing they can afford. They can’t buy organic or go to a nice restaurant, so they buy a hamburger. Or they don’t have the time to cook a healthy meal, so they buy a TV dinner and throw it on the plate. Americans work, work, work, work and work. They have to. Just to survive. Americans now devote a greater share of the year to labor than any other industrialized country except South Korea. It’s very hard for people to find leisure time. They ask, ‘Why are Americans so out of it?’ And stuff like that. Well, think about it: If you had no paid vacation and you had bills to pay, and if you didn’t pay them you’d be thrown out on the street, what would you be doing all day? You’d be working. So people don’t have time to read; they don’t have time to write; they don’t have time to dance; they don’t have time to think. Leisure time for the average person has almost disappeared. The whole society has been restructured and all it means is money for the wealthiest.”

*In New Orleans

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photojojo:

Row houses were once a staple feature of the American city, but in the last 20 years, they’re gradually being replaced. 

Ben Marcin has been photographing the ones left alone in his haunting series, Last House Standing

The Last of the Row Houses

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Bertrand Carrière: Coin du Banc, Gaspésie, Québec, Canada, 2010 from the Après Strand series (via FlakPhoto).

Bertrand Carrière: Coin du Banc, Gaspésie, Québec, Canada, 2010 
from the Après Strand series (via FlakPhoto).

Belle & Sebastian: “Dirty Dream #2”

Shot in Athens; I’ve seen this many times before but only just realized my old house is in it!

landlockedmermaid:

leaving is not enough; you must
stay gone. train your heart 
like a dog. change the locks
even on the house he’s never
visited. you lucky, lucky girl. 
you have an apartment 
just your size. a bathtub
full of tea. a heart the size
of Arizona, but not nearly
so arid. don’t wish away 
your cracked past, your 
crooked toes, your problems
are papier mache puppets
you made or bought because the vendor
at the market was so compelling you just
had to have them. you had to have him.
and you did. and now you pull down 
the bridge between your houses,
you make him call before 
he visits, you take a lover
for granted, you take 
a lover who looks at you
like maybe you are magic. make
the first bottle you consume
in this place a relic. place it 
on whatever altar you fashion
with a knife and five cranberries.
don’t lose too much weight.
stupid girls are always trying 
to disappear as revenge. and you 
are not stupid. you loved a man
with more hands than a parade 
of beggars, and here you stand. heart
like a four-poster bed. heart like a canvas.
heart leaking something so strong 
they can smell it in the street.

— “Frida Kahlo to Marty McConnell

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Douglas Ljungkvist: Untitled, Ocean Beach, New Jersey, 2013 (via DailyServing)

Douglas Ljungkvist: Untitled, Ocean Beach, New Jersey, 2013
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aviridianexpanse:

t-minus five…four…three

Is this Adam’s mom’s house?

aviridianexpanse:

t-minus five…four…three

Is this Adam’s mom’s house?

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Clarence John Laughlin: The House of Hysteria

Clarence John Laughlin: The House of Hysteria